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Bay Area workers prepare for another round of above-average temperatures

Bay Area workers prepare for another round of above-average temperatures

The Bay Area could another week with above-average temperatureswhich can be tough for those who have to work outdoors.

There isn’t much shade when working in the treetops. Arborists like Angel Acevedo spend all day working at high altitudes where there is no shade. He has worked for Livermore-based Buena Vista Tree Service for four years and wears head-to-toe protective gear every day he goes to work.

“It’s going to be hot, but it’s better than getting burned. That’s why we’re wearing all these clothes,” Acevedo said.

Trex Donovan, the owner of Buena Vista, said he tries to schedule the heavier work, such as cutting down entire trees, during the cooler morning hours and then schedule crews for lighter work, such as trimming branches, later in the day.

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He said that if it is too hot, everyone stops working at noon.

“Everything is outdoors, and the first one or two hot summer days are usually a real strain for us. But after that, we mostly get used to it,” Donovan said.

He said that safety meetings at the company always talk about the need for workers to stay hydrated when they spend a lot of time outdoors in the heat.

“Drink mostly water and Gatorades and take breaks,” Acevedo told KPIX.

This is especially true for asphalt workers, because they not only have to deal with the heat of the sun, but also with the road surface, which can reach temperatures of over 300 degrees.

“You get used to it, you know what I mean? Look at me, I’m wearing a sweater in this heat,” said Jesus Vivales.

Others can cool off in minutes by driving quickly to Meadowlark Dairy in Pleasanton and grabbing a large cone of soft serve ice cream.

“This is for the daughter at home and this is for the daughter here. And I get a little bit of both. It takes the heat away and lifts the mood. Just something to look forward to,” said Jess Hall.

The city of Pleasanton has not announced plans to open cooling centers this week, but told residents they are welcome to go to the senior center or library to get a break from the air conditioning.